Foreign Policy: The United States Can’t Cede the U.N. to China
U.S. leadership is badly needed at this month’s U.N. General Assembly


By: Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Foreign Policy

This week, diplomats and heads of state from around the world have descended on New York City for the 74th United Nations General Assembly. World leaders will discuss several important issues over the next few weeks. Arguably the most urgent is addressing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) malign influence in international organizations, including the United Nations. The U.S. delegation must make clear to its allies and partners the threat they face from China, and it must subsequently lead the global community in countering their indiscreet agenda.

The U.N. has 15 specialized agencies that support its work. Of those, four are headed by Chinese nationals: the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the International Civil Aviation Organization. In comparison, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States combined lead the same number of these types of agencies.

On the surface, that may not seem problematic. The U.N. Charter requires its international civil servants take an oath to remain impartial and work at the behest of the U.N. leadership, not their home countries. China, however, has proven unwilling to abide by these regulations time and again.

To read the full op-ed by Lead Republican Michael McCaul, click here.